Ernesto Hernandez

Ernesto Hernandez

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Food Law; Law and Culture; Post-colonialism; International Law; Contracts;
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 417
Phone: (714) 628-2621
Scholarly Works:
SSRN Author Page
First-year Foundations Program
The University of Texas At Austin, Bachelor of Arts
Georgetown University, Master of Arts
The George Washington University, Juris Doctor


Ernesto Hernández-López joined the Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2005 and was promoted to Professor of Law with tenure in 2011.  His current research focuses on international law, post-colonialism, law and food, and immigration. This research has appeared in the Journal of International Economic Law, UC Irvine Law Review, SMU Law Review, Journal of World Trade, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Gastronomica: Journal of Critical Food Studies, and other journals. The Chicago Tribune, Inter Press Service (Rome, Italy), OC Register, U-T San Diego, Latino Rebels, Hoy: Los Ángeles, and La Opinión have published Professor Hernández-López's opinion pieces. His blog posts appear in Notice & Comment: Yale Journal on Regulation; Next: Third World Approaches to International Law Review; and International Economic Law and Policy Blog.

Professor Hernández-López has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups and Section on Food and Agriculture. He earned his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law in 2001. Before law school, he served as an International Relations Research Professor at the Universidad del Rosario and as a Political Science Professor at the Universidad Javeriana, both in Santafé de Bogóta, Colombia. He earned an M.A. with Academic Excellence in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 1996 and a B.A. with a double major in Latin American Studies (Honors) and History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Professor Hernández-López is a native speaker and writer of English and Spanish, fluent in Portuguese, and proficient in French.

Courses Taught:

Contracts I, Contracts II, Diversity and Social Justice Forum Staff, Diversity and Social Justice Forum Board, Immigration and Refugee Law, and Advanced Topic: Food Law

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“Food law and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL): ingredients in a movement, techniques for analysis, recipes for reform, and a future menu” in ed. Michael Roberts, RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL FOOD LAW (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023)
Interviewed for “The Mechanic and the Philosopher: Professor Ernesto Hernández-López on trade policy,” Repast: a food law & policy podcast, from the Resnick Food Law and Policy Center at UCLA Law, June 15, 2023 (Podcast)
Border Brutalism, 46 FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 215-252 (2023)
“The US Push for GMO Corn is Out to Lunch,” COMMON DREAMS, Dec. 3, 2023 (Opinion)
“La batalla del maíz entre México y Estados Unidos sobre cultivos transgénicos,” LOS ANGELES TIMES, Nov. 17, 2023 (Opinion)
“The U.S.-Mexico Corn Conflict is Popping Off,” ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE, Oct. 26, 2023 (Opinion)
“Lessons from México’s Ban on GMO Corn,” LATINOAMÉRICA21, Oct. 14, 2023 (Opinion), also published in Spanish and Portuguese
“Drop it America and Canada: A corn clash with Mexico helps no one,” AL JAZEERA ENGLISH, Apr. 21, 2023 (Opinion)
"Racializing Trade in Corn: México Fights Maíz Imports and GMOs," 25 JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW 259-76 (JIEL) (2022) (Peer-reviewed)
Food Oppression: Lessons from Skimmed for a Pandemic, 57 CALIFORNIA WESTERN LAW REVIEW 243-255 (2021)(invited symposium participation)
“The Death of Neoliberal Corn,” Latino Rebels, Oct. 19, 2021 (Opinion)
“Why Seed Companies Fear México,” Inter Press Service: News Agency (Rome, Italy), Nov. 18, 2021 (Opinion)
“Films that resist,” Third World Approaches to International Law Review: Next, Jan. 20, 2021 (Blog)
GMO Corn in México: Precaution as Law’s Decolonial Option, 2 LAW, TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANS 97-113 (Nov., 2020) (Peer-reviewed)
“Fighting GMO Corn, for Mexico’s Soul,” Latino Rebels, Sept. 16, 2020 (Opinion)
“A trade war amid a pandemic means costly PPE for essential workers,” ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Aug. 28, 2020 (Opinion)
“PPE and the Costs of Section 301 Tariffs,” International Economic Law and Policy Blog, Aug. 26, 2020 (Blog)
“COVID’s Racial disparity: when Tariffs Tax Face Masks and More,” Notice & Comment: Yale Journal on Regulation and ABA Section of Admin. Law & Reg. Practice, July 23, 2020 (Blog)
“En las Américas: Stories, Optimism, Spirits, and Justice,” Third World Approaches to International Law Review: Next, May 2, 2020 (Blog)
Book Review of Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law by Michael Fakhri, 19 GASTRONOMICA: JOURNAL OF CRITICAL FOOD STUDIES 94-95 (July, 2019)
Detaining ISIS: Habeas and the Phantom Menace, 71 OKLAHOMA LAW REVIEW 1109-1187 (2019)
Sustainable Food and the Constitution, 50 ARIZONA STATE. LAW JOURNAL 547-579 (2018)
Bike Lanes, Not Cars: Mobility and the Legal Fight for Future Los Angeles, 42 WILLIAM & MARY ENV'L LAW AND POLICY REV. 533-597 (2018)
Food, Animals, and the Constitution: California Bans on Pork, Foie Gras, Shark Fins, and Eggs, 7 UC IRVINE LAW REV. 319-372 (2017)
Interview with Bike Citizens by Tobias Finger “A vision to deemphasize cars” How Los Angeles is trying to reinvent itself – and why bikes are so important for that," Bike Citizens (Germany), May 11, 2018
interviewed: “Sriracha’s Public Nuisance: Interview with Professor Ernesto Hernández-López,” Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy, Aug. 8, 2017,
“Sriracha: lessons from the legal troubles of a popular hot sauce,” GASTRONOMICA: JOURNAL OF CRITICAL FOOD STUDIES, vol. 15, no. 4, 27-33 (Nov. 2015) (peer-reviewed)
“Sriracha Shutdown: hot sauce lessons on local privilege and race,” 46 SETON HALL LAW REV. 189-242 (fall, 2015)
“Fight over Sriracha factory smell heating up,” U-T SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2014.
“Save Sriracha ! : Save a Beloved Hot Sauce from Smelly Politics,” CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Mar. 21, 2014.
“Ataques errados a la acción de Obama” (Faulty critiques of Obama’s Immigration Action) LA OPINIÓN, Nov. 21, 2014.
“Inmigración: la Acción Ejecutiva es Legal” (Immigration: Executive Action is Legal), HOY: LOS ÁNGELES, Nov. 19, 2014
Radio Interview, “Has the Srirachapocalypse Arrived?,” Good Food, KCRW-NPR 89.9FM, Santa Monica, CA, April 19, 2014,
Panelist, “Srirachapocalypse Threat Looms (Again),” HuffPost Live, April 11, 2014
LA’s Taco Truck War: How Law Cooks Food Culture Contests, 43 UNIV. OF MIAMI INTER-AMERICAN LAW REV. 233-68 (2011) (LatCrit SNX 2010 Symposium), actually printed June 2012
Kiyemba, Guantánamo, and immigration law: an extraterritorial Constitution in a plenary power world, 2 UC IRVINE LAW REV. 194-245 (2012)
Foreword: Global Justice, History, And Law: Between Fela's Teachers Teaching “Nonsense” And Bob Marley's “Small Axe” For A Big Tree, 42 CALIFORNIA WESTERN INT’L LAW JOURNAL 265-84 (2012) (LatCrit XVI Symposium)
Economic Crises from the Bottom Up: (in)Securities of Silencing a Racial Past and Present: Cluster Introduction, 21 BERKELEY LA RAZA LAW JOURNAL 203-14 (2012) (LatCrit XV symposium)
Guantánamo as Subordination: Detainees as Resisting Empire, 104 ASIL PROC. 472-476 (2011)
Guantánamo as a “Legal Black Hole”: A Base for Expanding Space, Markets, and Culture, 45 UNIV. SAN FRANCISCO LAW REV. 141-214 (2010)
Guantánamo outside and inside the U.S.: why is an American base a legal anomaly?, 18 AMERICAN UNIV. JOURNAL OF GENDER, SOCIAL POLICY, & THE LAW 471-501 (2010)
Op-ed, “Don't discourage food trucks,” ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Sep. 23, 2010.